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Paul

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  • The War Lovers: Roosevelt, Lodge, Hearst, and the Rush to Empire, 1898

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Evan Thomas
    • Narrated By Richard Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    On February 15, 1898, the USS Maine exploded in Havana Harbor. Although there was no evidence that the Spanish were responsible, yellow newspapers such as William Randolph Hearst's New York Journal whipped Americans into frenzy by claiming that Spain's "secret infernal machine" had destroyed the battleship. Soon after, the blandly handsome and easily influenced President McKinley declared war, sending troops not only to Cuba but also to the Philippines.

    Paul says: "A Rather Poor History"
    "A Rather Poor History"
    Overall

    Thomas has produced a rather disappointing tome that fails to provide either good history or good biography of the key figures of the period. The history lacks sound context for placing events in historical perspective, and reeks more of revisionist muckraking than of useful chronicling. The biographical sketches of the main characters are just that - sketchy - lacking balance and completeness. The author is clearly riding a hobby horse, attempting to portray the U.S. as an imperialist state grabbing territory willy nilly. But his prejudices dominate any case that might be made, and his weak attempts to parallel events in the early part of the last decade are feeble at best. Last, but by no means least, the narrator for this volume is as bad as the author. His sarcasm and emotive reading come across as if he were reciting purple prose. This is a decidedly weak effort to illuminate an interesting and dynamic period in American history.

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful

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